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HS2 boss quits just a day after Phase 2 bill suffers 12-month setback

HS2 boss quits just a day after Phase 2 bill suffers 12-month setback

04.09.18: HS2 Ltd has announced that Paul Griffiths, the managing director for Phase 2, is to leave the company after three years – one day after it was reported that the northern leg of the £56bn project would be delayed by 12 months. Gr...

Alstom: Creating something special

Alstom: Creating something special

04.09.18: Jason Baldock, director of high-speed rail at Alstom UK & Ireland, takes a journey through the company’s high-speed rail heritage to demonstrate what sets it apart in the race to build HS2’s shiny new rolling stock. As the o...

Hitachi & Bombardier: A high-speed legacy

Hitachi & Bombardier: A high-speed legacy

04.09.18: Barrie Cottam and Rob Davies, Hitachi Rail and Bombardier HS2 joint venture bid directors, explain how the two companies would harness their railway heritage and global reputation to deliver a world-class fleet for the high-speed line. Hita...

HS2 Leeds depot: Driving more than just trains

HS2 Leeds depot: Driving more than just trains

04.09.18: In July, the government confirmed Leeds as the site of the new HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot. Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) board member, explains how her region is ready...

Siemens: Unrivalled experience

Siemens: Unrivalled experience

04.09.18: Siemens has a well-established footprint in the UK and has long been a part of its industrial heritage. Now, with HS2 just around the corner, it could go one step further and deliver the most reliable and advanced trains for the brand-new high-s...

HS2 suffers setback as legislation delayed by 12 months

HS2 suffers setback as legislation delayed by 12 months

03.09.18: Preparations for the introduction of HS2 have suffered a blow after reports surfaced of the government preparing to impose a 12-month parliamentary delay to the £56bn project. Information revealed by The Times found that legislation r...

Sir Terry Morgan drops London City Airport job to focus on HS2

Sir Terry Morgan drops London City Airport job to focus on HS2

31.08.18: Sir Terry Morgan CBE has decided to step down from his role as chairman of London City Airport to focus solely on HS2. The former Crossrail boss joined HS2 Ltd last month as chairman, taking over from Sir David Higgins after being appointed...

Solihull council gets £10.2m cash boost for HS2

Solihull council gets £10.2m cash boost for HS2

28.08.18: Solihull Council has secured £10.2m from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WCMA) to deliver transport and infrastructure investment in the area ahead of HS2. The combined investment in the plans will underpin the growth potential...

Atkins-led consortium to lead the way on Sheffield HS2 station masterplan

Atkins-led consortium to lead the way on Sheffield HS2 station masterplan

21.08.18: Sheffield City Council has chosen Atkins to lead a consortium of architects and engineers to develop a new masterplan to transform Sheffield Midland Railway Station in its preparation for the arrival of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). ...

High-speed Liverpool to Manchester line a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’,  transport chiefs say

High-speed Liverpool to Manchester line a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’, transport chiefs say

21.08.18: A new high-speed line between Liverpool and Manchester is a “once-in-a generation opportunity,” and would cut journey times from the two cities to around 20 minutes, transport chiefs have said. Merseytravel chief executive Frank...

Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

14.08.18: HS2 Ltd is facing a fresh legal challenge from Spanish manufacturer Talgo over what it argues has been “botched” £2.8bn rolling stock procurement process. The Madrid-based company was shortlisted as one of the five supplie...

Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10.08.18: The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark Davies will replace Mark Cutler—who taking up a job elsewhere after being at the helm of the...

One in four HS2 staff paid over £100k a year, data shows

One in four HS2 staff paid over £100k a year, data shows

08.08.18: A quarter of staff members working on the HS2 project are paid over £100 in their yearly salary, startling new data has found. Salaries and perks over £100,000 were paid to 318 HS2 Ltd officials last year, which is more than dou...

Amey wins HS2 substations power deal

Amey wins HS2 substations power deal

07.08.18: Infrastructure giant Amey, which in 2016-17 was Network Rail’s third biggest supplier, has landed an HS2 construction contract to provide power for a part of the build stage. The company will design, build and install two new temporar...

Extra £43bn needed to make the most of HS2, NIC chair says

Extra £43bn needed to make the most of HS2, NIC chair says

07.08.18: A massive £43bn in extra funding is needed to ensure people can make the most of the HS2 project, the government’s infrastructure tsar has said. Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) Sir John Armitt called on the...

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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project aiming to make the railway tracks safer and... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >